Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions. The difficulties with focus, impulse control and/or excessive activity can make functioning at school, at home, and in social settings quite challenging. Despite the H for Hyperactivity right in the name of the condition, excessive activity levels are not required for the diagnosis as many children and adults with this condition present primarily with symptoms of inattention (sometimes known as ADD).
While in many children, symptoms of ADHD can be apparent at a young age, it can be difficult to determine what is age-appropriate and what indicates the presence of ADHD in a younger child. For some kids, the symptoms do not become prominent until later childhood, when the demands and expectations increase while the support and structure become less consistent. While some ADHD symptoms diminish with age, others may persist for years affecting adults in academic and work settings as well.
A neuropsychological evaluation can help clarify the diagnosis, pinpoint the specific areas of difficulty and provide detailed recommendations for school and home that capitalize on the strengths and help overcome the challenges so that you can function successfully.